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MP: Let Go And Let God

You’re the greatest ever. Time to let go and let God give you new challenges.

Written by

Jude Bautista

Disbelief was going through Filipinos minds watching Senator Manny Pacquiao get overwhelmed by the aggressive, bigger Jeff Horn. From the opening bell Horn went right at him, forcing him to the ropes. It didn’t matter if the shots were inaccurate they came flying at him. The volume of body shots was also surprising. The body punches may have taken the sting off Manny’s attack especially in the later rounds.

Horn lands deadly body shots; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

We were so used to seeing him dominate his opponents we were all shocked to see him like this. In the first three rounds, I think he may have been trying to time a haymaker as Horn was coming in. So he wouldn’t lead, meaning try to punch ahead of Horn. It may have been his strategy to wait in the pocket for that perfect opening to land that killer left hook or right straight that had felled countless opponents in the past.

Pacquiao’s devastating left hook that KOed Ricky Hatton.

Just like that legendary knockout of Ricky Hatton who came surging at him. Manny caught him with that picture perfect left hook that sent him reeling to the canvas. The technique is deceptive it takes incredible, speed, timing and power for all of it to come together. The problem now Horn was getting ‘in’ and throwing punches before he could hit him with that perfect counter. Instead Manny was the one getting hit.

Pacquiao turtles up in the onslaught of Horn’s attack. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017

This made him look like he was pulling his punches. Was it mental or physical? We really don’t know. He looked tentative waiting for the counter. And after the first 3 rounds when this strategy wasn’t working, why wasn’t he able to adjust or change his game plan?

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Pacquiao had problems in the clinch. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Deadly Clinch

The moments when Pacquiao was forced to the ropes by Horn was also telling. Horn was just busier on the inside landing to the body, short punches to the face. In the past, he could just slip away using his footwork and head movement or even better punch his way out of the clinch. In close quarters Horn seemed to trap his arm and sneak in some damage. This is where the size and strength of the taller Aussie came to play. Before, against Antonio Margarito and legendary Oscar Dela Hoya or the more recent Rios and Alghieri, there were never any problems in the clinch. All of them are at least several inches taller. So prior to the fight, height and reach wasn’t deemed a factor.

Pacquiao had no problems before with bigger taller fighters like Alghieri. That’s why Horn’s size was not deemed a factor before the fight.

Pacquiao and Horn face off; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

While Manny did not suffer a knock down you could see his head getting thrown back from the punches. They were doing damage. For Pinoys who care for the People’s Champ it was painful to watch.

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Pacquiao had Horn on the run in the 9th. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

9th Round Comeback

Manny’s shining moment came in the 9th round, when he finally landed a combo and then another staggering Horn. The roles were suddenly reversed. Pacquiao had him on the run, trying to finish him off. Horn looked glassy eyed ready to tumble and buckle under the power. But he was able to survive and go back to his corner.

After the 9th Ref Mark Nelson warns Horn of fight stoppage if he doesn’t come back. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

The damage was such that Referee Mark Nelson, said to him in the corner ““YOU’VE had enough. Show me something in this round or I’m stopping the fight.” If there was a moment Manny could comeback to win the fight it should have been the 10th round where fans thought he had the time to finish him off…but he didn’t. Horn recovered stood his ground and even resumed his attack through to the 11th and 12th rounds. At that point Horn had won more rounds and was ahead in the scorecards getting the win.

Horn is given the unanimous decision win by the judges. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Horn was ahead in the Tale of the Tape; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Age Factor

Questions come back to haunt MP, why didn’t he pursue those combos or was more aggressive earlier? If Horn was hurt in the 9th why couldn’t he put him away in the 10th or later rounds?

Pacquiao lands deadly body shots. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

The simple and obvious answer is that age has finally caught up with our beloved hero. Filipinos have been in denial, including myself, believing him to be invincible and even immortal in the ring. For so long, the whole national psyche clung to his rising fortunes and triumphs. He’d lift up the spirits of his country 100 million people strong. It didn’t matter if it was Yolanda, typhoons, natural disasters, economic and political crises.

As senator, President or Citizen Pacquiao we know you’ll fight for us.
Time to move on.

Nation’s Hopes and Dreams

The young Senator would literally BE THERE distributing relief coming from his own purse, whether it was an earthquake in Bohol or just giving away turkeys to Pinoys or the less fortunate in the U.S for Thanksgiving.

Senator Manny Pacquiao is a member of 20 committees in the Philippine senate. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

We didn’t even realize how much we’ve been relying on him as a people for so long. At 38 he could have called it quits years ago. But being the warrior that he is even he didn’t want to let it go. If there was anyone who’s worthy of a messianic complex it should be him.

He has shouldered the burden of a whole nation’s hopes and dreams for too long. I think, that’s why even if he is in literal pain he fights through it. He feels he has to fight for us even when he should obviously stop.

You’ve taken thousands of punches for us Filipinos. Let God guide your life in a new direction.

Pacquiao is patched up for accidental head butt. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Long Term Damage

In boxing there’s only one certainty: you get hurt whether or not you win or lose.

Concussion damage to the head isn’t a mystery; it’s a medical fact. Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith in CONCUSSION) was saying something people didn’t want to hear. American football is a dangerous sport that has long-term effects on the human brain. His study points out the simple and obvious fact that our brains are encased in liquid. As the head experiences trauma the brain is jolted out of position and hits the skull causing massive damage. One can only imagine how much damage the human brain can take in the sport of boxing, where the head is punched over and over and over again…in one fight.

Buboy Fernandez encourages his legendary ward. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Retired football players years after their playing days exhibited symptoms of insanity, random violent behavior, voices in their head, endangering themselves and their family. One only has to look at what happened to our own former boxing champ in Rolando Navarete who is now in a pitiful state. Manny you’re the one giving dole outs to Navarete when he drops by your house in Gen San giving him food and money. You’ve seen the long-term damage that boxers can suffer from head trauma.

Because what makes our people great is what is in our hearts

Pacquiao raises arms in triumph; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Transcended Sport

The brutality that makes boxing beautiful also makes it dangerous. Buboy Fernandez, Freddie Roach, they’re all aware that you’re putting your life on the line each time you climb the ring. Roach said he’d be the one to ask you to retire if you lost against Horn. You could have quit when you were knocked out by Marquez and we supported you. You could have quit when you lost against Timothy Bradley and Mayweather and yet we still supported you.

Jerwin Ancajas retains his Jr Bantamweight IBF Title vs Teiru Kinoshita in the undercard. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Manny, you’ve transcended your sport you’re now a senator. Your MP Promotions has discovered Jerwin Ancajas who successfully defended his IBF Jr Bantamweight Belt in the undercard. This is the time for you to find new champions and impart your knowledge.

As senator, President or Citizen Pacquiao we know you’ll fight for us.
Time to move on.

Let Go And Let God

You’ve taken a lot of punishment, thousands of punches throughout the years for us Filipinos. You can let go and let God steer your life in a new direction. That’s why now we have to say thank you, we love you, but we need you to fight for us in a different arena. We know you want to be president and may want to earn your war chest through the sweat of your brow, unlike your politician friends.

But whether you’re a Senator, a President or citizen Pacquiao we know you’ll fight for us. And you need a clear and healthy mind to do so. You had a great run Manny some say the greatest ever now its time to move on.

Pacquiao congratulates Horn after the fight. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

You’ve shown that win or lose you congratulate your opponent with a hug. You always manage a smile for our people through the most difficult times. This is the heart or puso of the Filipino. A sentiment embodied in a song by Lea Salonga, Bamboo and Sarah Geronimo:

Babangon sa bawat pagkakataon

Ngingiti anu man ang panahon

Lilipad para abutin ang lahat

Pusong walang pagod tumanggap

Magbigay, Mangarap

Pusong Pilipino

Nagniningning sa gilas

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Christine Allado and THE WORD choir sang the Philippine national anthem.
Allado starred in the West End version of HAMILTON along w Rachel Ann Go. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Pacquiao turtles up in the onslaught of Horn’s attack. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017

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Senator Manny Pacquiao is a member of 20 committees in the Philippine senate. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Pacquiao had Horn on the run in the 9th. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Jeff Horn was jubilant immediately after the fight. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Pacquiao raises arms in triumph; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Christine Allado and THE WORD choir sang the Philippine national anthem.
Allado starred in the West End version of HAMILTON along w Rachel Ann Go. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Philippine flag in the ring; Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

A man of faith Pacquiao prays before and after each fight. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Senator Manny Pacquiao is a member of 20 committees in the Philippine senate. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

Pacquiao is greeted by crowd of fans in Brisbane. Pacquiao vs Horn was held at the Sun Corp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia last July 2, 2017.

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Congratulations Jef, Menchu, Myke & John!

Gawad Buhay awardee Jef Flores is Jesus in GODSPELL–with 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

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These are four talented, skillful individuals who won in the 9th Gawad Buhay Awards Night last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines:

Jef Flores-Male Lead Performance in a Musical

(TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical),

Menchu Lauchengco Yulo-Female Featured Performance in a Musical

(ANNIE- Resort’s World Manila/Full House Theater Company),

Jef Flores-Male Lead Performance in a Musical (TICK, TICK…BOOM from 9 Works Theatrical) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP.

Myke Salomon-Outstanding Musical Direction

(3 Stars and a Sun from PETA) and

John Batalla-Outstanding Lighting Design

(ALMOST, MAINE from Repertory Philippines).

RWM’s ANNIEs from left: Krystal Brimmer, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo and Isabeli Elizalde. ANNIE won a total of 4 wins at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fortunately for the public the amazing work by these four awardees can be seen in one currently running musical in GODSPELL. Children and fathers who want to make Mom happy can bring her to the show this Mother’s Day. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

Gawad Buhay awardee Myke Salomon is John The Baptist in GODSPELL –with 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

This is a very entertaining musical, which poses the question: is Christ’s work and deeds relevant in a chaotic modern world? Don’t let the subject matter intimidate it actually helps audiences understand the gospel and puts it into music that moves the very soul. Even kids are encouraged to watch.

A scene from GODSPELL displaying the work of Lighting Designer John Batalla, who won at the 9th Gawad Buhay for his work in CONSTELLATIONS. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jef Flores is in the lead role as Jesus. Myke Salomon is both John the Baptist and Judas while winning an award as a Musical Director. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo shows her vocal range while being the Artistic Director in Resorts World Manila. The only non-actor among them is Lighting Director John Batalla whose work is literally seen throughout GODSPELL.

from left: John Batalla, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo and Pinky Amador. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

One might wonder how, the awards slipped past such a star-studded show, especially since this is the second run since last year. This is because the Gawad Buhay award is only given to productions of organizations that are members of PHILSTAGE. Perhaps this will help motivate MUSIC ARTES, the producers of GODSPELL to join PHILSTAGE in the future, soon hopefully. As anyone can see that this version is definitely worthy of a few awards.

from left: Rody Vera and Mixkaela Villalon-Outstanding Original Libretto ( 3 STARS IN THE SUN from PETA) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

PHILSTAGE members include:

9 Works Theatrical, Actor’s Actors Inc., Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines, Culturtrain Musical Productions Inc., Gantimpala Theater Foundation, Full House Theater Company, Philippine Educational Theater Association, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Opera Company, Repertory Philippines, Red Turnip Theater, Stages, Tanghalang Pilipino, Trumpets

Gawad Buhay awardee Menchu Lauchengco Yulo is the adulteress in GODSPELL–with 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Menchu Lauchengco Yulo-Female Featured Performance in a Musical (ANNIE from Resort’s World Manila/Full House Theater Company) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: Proud mom Kathleen Flores with Gawad Buhay winner Jef Flores with mom’s St. Scholastica alumni pals. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jonathan Tadioan accepted the award for Rolando Tinio (PANGARAP SA IBANG GABI NG GITNANG TAG ARAW from Tanghalang Pilipino) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fake Classical Dyancers Topper Fabregas and Me Anne Espinosa were a hit at the 9th Gawad Buhay Awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Presenters from left: Cris Villonco and Nanding Josef at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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John Batalla-Outstanding Lighting Design (ALMOST, MAINE from Repertory Philippines) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gawad Buhay awardees from right: Jef Flores, Publicist Toots Tolentino, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Myke Salomon and Caisa Borromeo. GODSPELL has 8PM shows on May 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20. And there are 3PM shows on May 7, 14 & 21, all at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Myke Salomon-Outstanding Musical Direction (3 Stars and a Sun from PETA) at the 9th Gawad Buhay awards last May 10, 2017 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Vitus Takes Flight

Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6) and Bruno Ganz (Grandfather); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Vitus (Fabrizio Borsani) at age 6 resented having a babysitter. Isabelle (Kristina Lykowa) was barely just a child at 12. His mom Helen (Julika Jenkins) told her to let him practice the piano by himself. Seeing her he just passes his hand through the keys and ignores her on his way to his room to read. Isabelle follows him to his bedroom. “Did you know I made this bat for you when you were just a baby?” then pointing to his favorite toy. “Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?” Vitus shakes his head and says ‘No’ with a beaming smile she says, “I want to be a rock singer!”

Kristina Lykowa (Isabel-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Next thing you know, Vitus is playing the piano while Isabelle is lip syncing to a song blaring on the radio. When parents Leo (Urs Jucker) and Helen come home, they see them asleep in each other’s arms on the sofa. The next day Vitus tells his grandfather (Bruno Ganz), “I know who I’m going to marry.”

Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6) and Kristina Lykowa (Isabel-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

VITUS is only one of several movies that will be shown in the Swiss Family Film Festival at Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall for free on a first come first served basis. The fest will be held on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

It has won Best Feature from the Chicago international Film Festival and Best Picture in the Swiss Film Prize for Writer Director Fredi M. Muhrer.

from left: Swiss Amb. Andrea Reichlin and Shang Rila Plaza Mktg Div Head Marline Concio-Dualan. Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Vitus is a child prodigy with an IQ of 180 and being able to play Bach as a toddler. He was bored in school, often too advanced for the curriculum. Even when he was accelerated joining college at 14, he was reading a newspaper in the middle of class. His professor asked him to solve a math problem, computing bank interest earnings. Vitus solved it twice as fast as his classmates who used calculators.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12) antagonized even his teachers. Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

The problem wasn’t his intelligence but rather his emotional quotient. People around him like classmates, older students tend to hate and bully him. Although he did love music and the piano there was this growing pressure to live up to his potential. There was this need in him to be a normal everyday kid who just wants to play and be with others his own age. Little do they know, Vitus’ talents and abilities go much farther and wider than just being a piano prodigy.

Left-Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12) enjoyed being w kids his own age. Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

All children can relate with Vitus, while education and developing his talent is important, love, affection and understanding can be more uplifting. This is where his grandfather played by Bruno Ganz, has had a tremendous influence on him. He is the one who nurtures a sense of adventure and the creative side in the child.

Watch HEIDI for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

A cabinetmaker by profession, he never fails to bring flowers to Vitus’ pretty mom Helen. He loves to play chess with his grandson and has shared his obsession with planes and becoming a pilot. In fact he wrote love letters to his late wife by tying them to a balloon and has Vitus release them to the sky. “I used to write love letters to Anne Marie, now I write to the beautiful woman who sits across from me in the train, the glistening lake, the peach tree that gives me shade and the lovely figure skater on TV.”

Bruno Ganz (Grandfather) and Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Bruno Ganz is one of the most established Swiss actors, having starred in countless roles from UNKNOWN with Liam Neeson in 2011 to playing Adolf Hitler in DOWNFALL (2005). One of Ganz’ most recent hit (also as the grandfather) is HEIDI (2015) which is part of the Swiss Family Film Festival. This live action film from the classic Swiss novel written by Johanna Spyri is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Watch HEIDI and RASCALS ON THE ROAD for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Playing the 12-year-old Vitus is real life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu. For his performance he won Best Male Debut from the Undine Awards in Austria. Gheorghiu, looks like a young Christian Bale in the film EMPIRE OF THE SUN. These days he has concentrated more on his music than his acting career.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Since starring in the film Gheorghiu has truly become an international classical artist. He has played in ‘London (Queen Elisabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall), New York, Paris, Tokyo, Zurich, St Petersburg, Madrid and Prague. He has performed with orchestras including Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Bern Symphonie Orchester, Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orquestra Filamonica de Minas Gerais, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Müncher Symphoniker.’ From official website.

Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

One of the elements that make this film great is its ability to open classical music to a wider audience. When you see a brilliant 12 year old execute Mozart’s ‘Rondo a-Moll KV 511’ or Franz Liszt’s ‘Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr. 6’. There’s no denying the power and emotion of the music especially when he’s playing it with passion and love, which he had to journey so he could discover it himself.

Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

Those who are already fans of classical music will enjoy them even more: ‘Der wilde Reiter’ by Robert Schumann, ‘Alborada del gracioso’ by Maurice Ravel, ‘Goldberg Variationen (29, 30, Aria)’ by Bach and the list goes on. Incidentally, the rock song Isabelle lip-synced from the radio that made Vitus fall in love with her is a Tina Turner original entitled ‘Nutbush City Limits’.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

In a way Gheorghiu has fulfilled his film character’s ambition in real life by becoming the international classical artist that he is today. VITUS should be viewed by anyone at any age, so you can be inspired to pursue your dreams in your own way.

Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Julika Jenkins (Helen); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Teo Gheorghiu (Vitus-age 12); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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Fabrizio Borsani (Vitus-age 6) and Bruno Ganz (Grandfather); Watch VITUS for free in the Swiss Family Film Fest, Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall on the weekends of April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017. The festival is part of the 60th Anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Philippines.

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LA LA LAND: Hollywood In Love

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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For those who love me

Written by

Jude Bautista

Mia (Emma Stone) stopped Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) in his tracks with what she said next. Mia: We might as well get this out of the way–I hate jazz… You ok? He immediately takes her to a smoky jazz club. Seb: It’s just that when people say they hate jazz they don’t have context. They don’t know where it comes from. Jazz was born in a little flophouse in New Orleans. People were crammed in there spoke five different languages. The only way they could communicate was with jazz.

LA LA LAND broke the record for most Golden Globes win with 7 awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

LA LA LAND broke the record for most Golden Globes win with 7 awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Mia: But what about Kenny G? What about elevator music? You know jazz music that I know? Seb: What about it? Mia: I find it relaxing. Seb: It’s not relaxing. It’s not. It’s not. Sidney Bechet shot somebody because he was told he played a wrong note. It’s hardly relaxing. Mia: In where I grew up there’s this station called KJAZZ 103. People just put on that station when they had a cocktail party. And everyone would just talk over it.

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Seb: I know I think that’s part of the problem. You have to hear it. You have to see what’s at stake. Look at the sax player he just hijacked the song. He’s in his own trip. Every one of these guys they’re composing they’re rearranging. They’re writing and playing the melody. Now look the trumpet player he has his own idea. It’s conflict and its compromise. Its new every time. It’s brand new every night. It’s very, very exciting. And it’s dying. It’s dying Mia. And the world says let it die. It had its time. Not on my watch.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Mia and Seb at first glance aren’t remarkable people. What they do have in common is that they live for their dreams. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with them when you see their eyes light up talking about their passions.

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Emma Stone (Mia); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Mia is obsessed with old Hollywood. She sleeps under the gaze of Ingrid Bergman whose image is the size of her bedroom wall. Her love for movies inspired her to become an actress. Meanwhile she’s a barista at the Warner Brothers lot, which has a lot of film history.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Sebastian or Seb for short is an extremely talented musician but is having a hard time making ends meet. He finds difficulty in compromising his art and passion for jazz. There’s a huge gap between what he wants to do and the music that he’s paid to play in his gigs.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Rialto Theater was one of many historical landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Rialto Theater was one of many historical landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Hollywood isn’t just about fame and fortune, although it doesn’t hurt having them. LA LA LAND shows that Hollywood is still about having a dream and going after it against all odds. Theirs is the struggle of thousands of Angelenos, dreamers searching for that big break. That’s why the story is so inspiring and entertaining in the most classical sense. They made old Hollywood come alive and relevant in a magical way. They harkened to a time when musicals were king and was considered the best way to tell the story. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and the recently passed Debbie Reynolds would be proud of the song and dance work in LALALAND.

Hollywood legends Gene Kelly and the recently passed Debbie Reynolds would be proud of the song and dance work in LA LA LAND. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Hollywood legends Gene Kelly and the recently passed Debbie Reynolds would be proud of the song and dance work in LA LA LAND. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Featurette- homage to Musicals – filmaker’s own words

Millennials who are not able to relate with Hollywood’s glory days are given a lyrical and eloquent introduction. Hopefully they’re infected with the same passion that Mia grew up with and was inspired by. After all movies like CASABLANCA, BRINGING UP BABY and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE are now just a YouTube click away.

BRINGING UP BABY & CASABLANCA are among Mia’s favorite movies. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

BRINGING UP BABY & CASABLANCA are among Mia’s favorite movies. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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Vocals and Choreography

It’s hard not to fall in love with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. They have that combination of adorable and sexy as a couple. Their previous rom com CRAZY STUPID LOVE with Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore was a hilarious hit. They were also a pair for period film GANGSTER SQUAD. Gosling though, could be seen more as the top romantic lead after THE NOTEBOOK with Rachel McAdams.

John Legend (Keith); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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Their vocals weren’t spectacular but were definitely moving. Neither of them may not necessarily be the next Luciano Pavarotti nor even to the level of co-star and executive producer John Legend. But both of them sang with such sincerity that audiences can’t help but be drawn to their performances. There’s the longing in CITY OF STARS by Gosling and heartfelt AUDITION (The Fools Who Dream) by Emma Stone. Of course John Legend had his stellar START A FIRE performed in a huge concert scene.

START A FIRE performed by John Legend

Where Gosling truly shines is his newly acquired skill on the piano. He trained for 3 months and called it “his most fulfilling pre-production experience”. John Legend (known for his piano playing) in turn also had to learn the electric guitar as Keith.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Ryan Gosling (Seb) trained for 3 months to play the piano. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Ryan and Emma also excelled in the dance portions with choreography that paid homage to the sequences from SINGING IN THE RAIN and other classics. The sequence in A LOVELY NIGHT where it was just Mia & Seb during sunset was memorable although not as complex as the others.

A LOVELY NIGHT

Mandy Moore Cameo?

There was some confusion when Writer Director Damien Chazelle credited Mandy Moore as choreographer during his Best Director acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. It turns out that their choreographer Mandy Moore is the (exact) namesake of the pop star. Mandy, the actress/singer, is currently starring in the TV show THIS IS US. She also had a concert here in EASTWOOD CITY MALL (Quezon City, Philippines) last 2008. Her hits include: I WANNA BE WITH YOU, CRY and performed the official soundtrack I SEE THE LIGHT for Disney’s TANGLED.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (left) was mistaken for her namesake during a speech for Pop star and actress Mandy Moore (right). Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (left) was mistaken for her namesake during a speech for Pop star and actress Mandy Moore (right). Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

The choreographer / professional dancer Mandy Moore is no slouch having worked on SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, AMERICAN HUSTLE, JOY and TV shows SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and DANCING WITH THE STARS. She is one of many creative people like composer/ film scorer Justin Hurwitz, lyricists Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and cinematographer Linus Sandgren who have made LALALAND the award winning film that it is. Screenwriter and director Damien Chazelle also wrote the lyrics for the song IT HAPPENED AT DAWN.

Writer Director Damien Chazelle has already earned several Best Director nods: Golden Globes, Director’s Guild and is nominated for an Oscar. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Writer Director Damien Chazelle has already earned several Best Director nods: Golden Globes, Director’s Guild and is nominated for an Oscar. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Awards

Almost throughout the movie Mia goes from one dehumanizing audition after another. Although the story celebrates the history and glory of Hollywood, it also sheds light on some the negative aspects. The challenge of the audition is something that all performers go through. Lili Tomlin during her acceptance speech for Screen Actors Guild -Lifetime Achievement, said she’d accept any part as long as she didn’t have to audition. That same night Emma Stone won for Best Actress; it was one of several for her and Ryan Gosling.

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LA LA LAND is one of the favorites in the upcoming Oscars after earning 14 nominations. They’ve nearly swept every major category in the GOLDEN GLOBES: Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Actor – Ryan Gosling, Best Actress – Emma Stone, Best Director / Best Screenplay Damien Chazelle, Best Original Song – Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Pau and Best Musical Score- Justin Hurwitz. The number of trophies from International and U.S. based awards are too many to mention such as the Director’s Guild of America etc. listed here.

Golden Globes winners from right: Prod. Designer Justin Hurwitz, Writer Director Damien Chazelle, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Golden Globes winners from right: Musical Scorer Justin Hurwitz, Writer Director Damien Chazelle, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Film History & L.A. Landmarks

In one of the early scenes, her friends in a late night party abandon Mia and she has to make her way home by herself. She passes by a mural and the camera reveals the faces of screen legends albeit in a humorous way: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, child star Shirley Temple sits on the lap of W.C. Fields (who reportedly hated children). The wall Mia passes is a real location: YOU ARE THE STAR MURAL on 1648 Wilcox Ave and Hollywood Boulevard. Artist Thomas Suriya completed it in 1983 and was restored by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles in 1995.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) passed by screen legends on mural. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Production designer Dave Wasco encapsulated the emphasis on location and history when he said, “It was an opportunity to do a movie about a place we deeply loved”. Dave along with wife Sandy Reynolds-Wasco has already won Best Production Design for LA LA LAND from the Art Director’s Guild, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards and Georgia Film Critics Association along with a nomination in the Oscars and BAFTA.

Prod Designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco have earned several awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Prod Designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco have earned several awards. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

There are so many ways that Chazelle honors the past, the places that Mia & Seb visit around L.A. are landmarks that have been made famous by the movies. There’s the Griffith Observatory (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, THE TERMINATOR, TRANSFORMERS), The Light House Café where they shot the jazz club scene is near Hermosa Beach and was made famous by Miles Davis. Check out the list with photos of film locations made by Conde Nast Traveller here.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Griffith Observatory interiors were recreated on set. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb); the Griffith Observatory interiors were recreated on set. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

After more than a century of filmmaking, Hollywood is still a city of dreamers that can still make you fall in love. As Mia sings in Audition (The Fools Who Dream)–

 

“A bit of madness is key

To give us new colors to see

Who knows where it will lead us?

And that’s why they need us”

So bring on the rebels

The ripples from pebbles

The painters, and poets, and plays

And here’s to the fools who dream

Crazy as they may seem

Here’s to the hearts that break

Here’s to the mess we make

AUDITION (The Fools Who Dream)

Cara Mia, Amoré, Deep Kiss, Delicate, Beloved, Warmth, Sweet Angel.

Cara Mia, Amoré, Deep Kiss, Delicate, Beloved, Warmth, Sweet Angel.

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(Left) Ryan and Emma leave their mark at Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Right) Single LP cover for LA LA LAND Soundtrack. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

(Left) Ryan and Emma leave their mark at Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Right) Single LP cover for LA LA LAND Soundtrack. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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John Legend (Keith); Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb)on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena California, one of the many landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

Emma Stone (Mia) & Ryan Gosling (Seb)on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena California, one of the many landmarks they shot in. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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Ryan Gosling (Seb) is pissed off playing for 80s retro band. Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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from left: John Legend (Keith) and Ryan Gosling (Seb). Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

from left: John Legend (Keith) and Ryan Gosling (Seb). Watch LA LA LAND in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, Resort’s World Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Venice Piazza Mall and Eastwood City Mall.

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The SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (s) In Our Lives

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Beauty Pageant Candidates in their native costume. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Jude Bautista

Leo Selomenio (addresses a crowd of Filipino maids): Wag niyong isipin katulong lang ako binabayaran lang ako ng amo ko. Nandito ako dahil may sahod akong dollar may ipapadala ako sa Pilipinas. It’s not that. Isipin ninyo sa sarili ninyo manager kayo! Syempre ako nag mamanage ng bahay ng amo ko. Bakit kayo hindi? O? Tatawa sila. Bakit kinahihiya mo trabaho mo? Sabihin mo muna manager ka. Siyempre titignan ka niya from head to foot. Oo may nakasabay ako sa eroplano. Anong ginagawa mo sa Hong Kong? Manager. Manager? Manager ka ng ano? Manager ako ng amo ko. O tinapat ko nga i-phone ko ha! Manager? Tapos tinignan niya ko from head to foot.

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(Don’t think of yourselves as mere helpers. You’re here just for your salary to send back home. It’s not that. Think of yourselves as managers. Of course I manage my employer’s household. Don’t you do the same? They laugh at me. I met someone on the plane and asked my job. Tell them you’re a manager. They look at me from head to foot. You’re a manager? Yes I manage the affairs of my employer. Then I whip out my i-phone. Then they look at me from head to foot.)

SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN is a touching love letter to all mothers, sisters, aunts anyone who has sacrificed something to make us who we are. When you think about it, it’s for every Filipino, for any parent and child, family in the world. It will make you want to hug every woman in your life.

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Cherrie Bretaña & her ward Hayden; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Directed by Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez, it is the only documentary to ever win BEST PICTURE in the history of the Metro Manila Film Fest Awards. It also garnered BEST EDITING- Chuck Gutierrez, GATPUNO ANTONIO J. VILLEGAS CULTURAL AWARD, CHILDREN’S CHOICE along with SAVING SALLY and VINCE & KATH & JAMES.

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It’s a story we’re all familiar with regardless of race. There’s someone a mother, an aunt, a sister, a father, a provider who sacrifices themselves so we can go to school, have food to eat, clothes on our back. They are stories that don’t attract million-dollar blockbuster excitement, its not necessarily Gal Gadot of WONDER WOMAN or Hugh Jackman as LOGAN for 2017. More often than not they are the people we take for granted and not really think about.

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We feel and see the ‘sacrifice’ through the experiences of Leo Selomenio (Science Education Graduate), Rudelie Acosta (IT Graduate), Mylyn Jacobo (AB English Graduate), Hazel Perdido (Computer Science Graduate) and Cherrie Mae Bretaña (Hotel Management Graduate).

They are all Overseas Filipino Workers who work as domestic helpers in Hong Kong but have found meaningful activity during Sundays. Leo is an organizer of pageants and other events specifically for Filipina OFWs since 2008. The rest of the subjects are the candidates. The pageants are held only on Sunday as their one free day in the week.

We go through their typical day, hear their stories and even hear from their employers. As you can see from their college degrees they’re actually overqualified for the position of domestic helper. That doesn’t protect them from experiencing verbal abuse from their employers or looked down upon even by their own countrymen. Even as the government hails our OFWs Overseas Filipino Workers as modern day heroes, other Filipinos sometimes look down on domestic helpers.

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Cherrie Bretaña; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Just like the joke that Leo shares above, SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN isn’t just a tearjerker but more of an inspirational journey. We see that they cope with loneliness through mutual support, performances and yes beauty pageants.

Ju-Chen Chen, an Anthropologist at the University of Hong Kong was at first puzzled at their efforts, time and passion for these activities even after an exhausting workweek. Chen witnessed firsthand the camaraderie during an event.

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Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

She discovered that they literally carry the Philippine flag through the performances of cultural dances, pageants and concerts. There are elaborate costumes, choreography. They are proud bearers of Filipino identity. Chen realized that the fulfillment they get is far greater than their day-to-day difficulties. Through their gatherings, performances, they find a greater sense of self worth. In the face of stressful or often discriminatory work environment, they take the one-day they should have for themselves and still find the energy to put on a show for others.

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Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

HK Mindset

There’s no doubt that domestic helpers in Hong Kong have a vital role. Long time TV producer Jack Soo was interviewed and said, “I live alone by myself. Mylyn is the only one taking care of me in my daily life…Let me tell you something. IF Hong Kong has no foreign helpers Hong Kong will be in trouble. Just imagine those family without a foreign helper. How are they gonna work how will they take care of their children? How are they going to do their daily lives? So if the Philippine government stop all the helpers in all of the country, the whole world will be in big trouble without helpers. There’s a big problem.”

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Not everyone though has a glowing opinion of foreign domestic helpers. In April of 2015, Executive Councilor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee made some derogatory comments against Filipina domestic helpers accusing them of seducing their employers. The comments on her blog and official facebook page were particularly painful knowing the abuse that a majority of foreign domestic helpers endure. Some of them have even suffered physical and sexual abuse. For Filipinas who sacrifice so much this is has the potential to damage their familial relationships back home.

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The issue came up in the Q&A portion in one of the pageants. Mylyn Jacobo very ably replied: “It’s a big insult to us that most Filipina OFWs are called prostitutes. I will cite something what Mrs. Regina Ip told us. We Filipino domestic helpers are working here to provide the needs and support our families in the Philippines. Whatever you do abroad you should think twice.”

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2 Week Rule

Documentaries put important issues to the forefront because viewers see real people in real situations not actors. In this case it’s the policies of the HK SAR concerning domestic helpers. This affects not just the DH themselves but their wards, the elderly not to mention their own families back home reliant on the money they earn.

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Discrimination against foreign domestic helpers is built into the system. A clear example is what happened to Rudelie Acosta. After one of the pageants she was late coming back to her employer and went over her curfew hours. She was fired on the spot and was asked to leave the only lodgings that she had. Even after pleading to at least spend the night her employer refused and kicked her out without a roof over her head. On top of this she only has 2 weeks to find another employer or lose the right to stay in Hong Kong.

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Rudeline Acosta buys Filipino food during gathering; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Although the termination was abrupt and unfair, because of the 2-week rule there’s almost no recourse to file a complaint and immediately find a new job. Rudelie’s case is an example of the unfairness and injustice that thousands of foreign domestic helpers find themselves in Hong Kong.

Different foreign workers associations of Indians, Indonesians, Thais, Malaysians, Nepalese, of course Filipinos have banded together to formally complain against the 2 Week Rule since the late 1990s. But HK SAR has stuck to its guns allowing this discriminatory and racist policy to continue.

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Mylyn Jacobo shares the sash she earned with Jack Soo. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

A comprehensive article entitled Maid in Hong Kong: Protecting Foreign Domestic Workers explained clearly how the 2 week rule is unjust: “Beyond cramped housing conditions, isolation of domestic workers means that abuses by employers often go unreported. A 2013 survey conducted by another Hong Kong-based group, Mission for Migrant Workers, found that 58 percent of the more than 3,000 workers surveyed experienced verbal abuse in the home, 18 percent physical abuse, and 6 percent sexual abuse.”

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The report continues, “Another policy, the “two-week rule,” mandates that once foreign domestic workers quit or are let go, they must depart Hong Kong within two weeks. This policy, critics say, discourages domestic workers from seeking justice, for fear they could lose their jobs. It also makes finding a new employer difficult, as this process can take from four to six weeks. Moreover, a visa extension, the length of which varies by case, costs HK $190 (US $24), and during the extension application period migrants cannot work and must pay for their housing and food. Many domestic workers, therefore, choose to stay silent about abuses.”

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Beauty Pageant Candidate in native costume. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Interestingly enough a possible solution also came from one of the victimized helpers in the documentary. She theorized that no less than our own Philippine government along with other nations like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and others should negotiate in behalf of their workers with the Hong Kong authorities to abolish the 2 Week Rule.

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Executive Producers Vincent R. Nebrida, Fernando Ortigas and E.A. Rocha have another award winning film. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Track Record

SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN is another meaningful and significant creative contribution from executive producers Vincent R. Nebrida, Fernando Ortigas and E.A. Rocha. These are the same executive producers who brought us the historical hit HENERAL LUNA and the enchanting KANA THE DREAMWEAVER. In a short period of time they have established a winning track record of award winning and critically acclaimed films.

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Director Babyruth Villarama’s loving and supportive husband Chuck Gutierrez is both Producer and Editor. Chuck has added yet another BEST EDITING award from the MMFF to his wins in Cinemalaya, Cinema One and many others.

Dexter Dela Peña as cinematographer also deserves credit in being able to make everyday scenes more cinematic. Even though it was a run and gun style we were able to see the character of the city and more importantly the beauty of the contestants. Babyruth must have also handled the secondary camera. The trio of Babyruth, Dexter and Chuck have already been together for several projects including JAZZ IN LOVE another documentary that was part of Cinemalaya in 2013.

Its Miss Luzon 2016 Manilyn Salapare’s silhouette on the now iconic poster. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Invaluable

Watching SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN is so enriching and educational in so many ways and levels. There are many touching moments between the families that helpers literally care for. Employers address Leo as ‘he’ even if he is biologically a woman. They see him as who he is, as a person. If you bring every family member, every maid, yaya, kusinera, labandera to this movie you will all come out richer for it. Respect and kindness truly goes a long way.

Leo Selomenio (center) is treated like family by (from left) Bonny Lee and daughter Yoanna. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Leo Selomenio (center) is treated like family by (from left) Bonny Lee and daughter Yoanna. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Leo uses the earnings from the pageants to help domestic helpers who were abused and need emergency assistance. In truth he has given those who participate in them and even those who watch something more valuable. He has given them a chance to see and feel the beauty they have. You can see the pride in the costumes, dances, unique to their provinces and hometowns in the Philippines. This pride extends not just to participants but to the audiences as well.

Hazel Perdido; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Hazel Perdido; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Miss Luzon 2016 Manilyn Salapare with organizer Leo Selomenio; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Rudeline Acosta Poses with employer Chung Su Wan and son. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Skyscrapers in HK’s Central district; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Mylyn Jacobo and Camille Castanier; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Beauty Pageant Candidate in native costume. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Our domestic helpers become Philippine flag bearers in Hong Kong through their costumes and dances. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Cherrie Bretaña & her ward Hayden; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Beauty Pageant Candidate prepares to go on stage. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Beauty Pageant Candidates own Hong Kong’s Central District. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Cherrie Bretaña; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Cherrie Bretaña; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Beauty Pageant Candidate prepares to go on stage. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Beauty Pageant Candidate prepares to go on stage. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Beauty Pageant Candidate prepares to go on stage. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Hong Kong translates to Fragrant Harbour. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Cherrie Bretaña; Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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Its Miss Luzon 2016 Manilyn Salapare’s silhouette on the now iconic poster. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

Its Miss Luzon 2016 Manilyn Salapare’s silhouette on the now iconic poster. Catch MMFF Best Picture winner SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall.

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SAVING SALLY: Pinoy’s Creative Showcase

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

My Delicate, my artist, you are the best of me.

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Jude Bautista

Marty (Enzo Marcos): The girl is stolen by a band of monsters who keep her in an impenetrable fortress, enslave her and keep her from her birthright. She thinks her only way out is marrying this monster prince. Coz she feels that living with one monster is better than to live in a fortress full of them. All this time the boy plots her rescue. Toto the Publisher (Peejo Pilar): Well… Marty: So it’s a fantasy. Toto: It’s a love story. Marty: You hate it. Toto: No I don’t I haven’t cried this much since Optimus Prime died in Transformers the movie, the animated one ok?

from left: Peejo Pilar (Toto the Publisher) & Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

from left: Peejo Pilar (Toto the Publisher) & Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Marty: You’re not crying. Toto: I weep inside. Marty: This story just came to me. You know? Toto: OK, OK visually its good. It’s surreal and light at the same time. I love the hero and the fact that he is flawed. He’s skinny…(looks at Marty) The girl is a victim of circumstance. She makes good of what she can. It’s just that love stories’ not the path I was headed. Marty: I know you wanted mayhem, war, chaos… Toto: Yes!

Marty: Isn’t that what love is all about?

SAVING SALLY is pretty much summed up in the dialogue above between Marty (Enzo Marcos) and his comic book publisher Toto (Peejo Pilar). The story is basically a love story but the way it is told is vastly different from any other made in the Philippines, certainly from any other entry in the MMFF (at least for 2016).

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

SAVING SALLY combines animation, both 2D and 3D with live action with elements of sci-fi and fantasy. This ‘film’ is the perfect example of the 180-degree turn of the Metro Manila Film Fest to give other, newer, creative minds, filmmakers a chance to tap into that lucrative Christmas market. More importantly it allows the vast majority of our kababayan to see in this case a work where a multitude of different artists like illustrators, animators, comic book artists-sketchers, painters, all come together to tell a story that anyone can relate to.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Everyone from Pixar, production places in Singapore, Korea and the U.S. even France are all aware of the talent of Filipinos in animation. In fact the producers are French: Alain De la Mata, Herve Pennequin, Catherine Jacques. These countries tap into our rich talent pool in their studios.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Oscar & Golden Globe winning INSIDE OUT (Best Animated Feature) co written and directed by Pinoy Ronnie Del Carmen with Phil Docter is only the most recent example. It’s our own audiences here who have yet to appreciate our animators, with a story and production that’s 100% Pinoy.

TJ Trinidad (Nick); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

TJ Trinidad (Nick); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

We can safely proclaim that SAVING SALLY has changed all that with the glowing reception by fans at the MMFF and showcasing the talent we have in animation and the excellence of the cast. The sacrifice of director Avid Llongoren over a decade to complete this dream project has been rewarding. From a short story by Charlene Sawit-Esguerra, Carlo Ledesma helped Avid Llongoren develop the screenplay. There were 2 reshoots, re casting and other problems. Anna Larrucea was originally cast as Sally.

Director Avid Llongoren has sacrificed so much to get SAVING SALLY made and finished. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Director Avid Llongoren has sacrificed so much to get SAVING SALLY made and finished. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Back in 2011, PINTAKASI produced by Gov. Imee Marcos was part of the New Wave category of the MMFF. It was a film that also combined live action with animation. That was more action oriented with monsters, demons, heroes battling it out. If you can imagine it also cast the best hip-hop dance crew in this side of the world: The Phil All Stars. The problem being it was only screened in very few cinemas and for about 3 days–total. Coming from that we see how the full exposure and support of SAVING SALLY as part of the main competition of the MMFF is beneficial to everyone concerned.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Zach Sycip (Bully/monster); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Zach Sycip (Bully/monster); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

SAVING SALLY has attracted the younger audiences from kids to teens and has had relatively better commercial success. More Filipinos now have the chance to see the work of our celebrated animators. We know we have the talent, the dearth has been content, the will to create an audience for it and that’s what the MMFF has done this year.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) is every man’s dream. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) is every man’s dream. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

RHIAN RAMOS

Rhian Ramos as Sally is the perfect girl every man can fall for but even more so for every teenage geek. She is a comic book artist. She is not only obsessed with gadgets she makes them too. Sally almost fits Rhian to a tee except for the inventing gadgets part. Mr. Avid was very lucky in being able to get someone in her caliber of an actress. She’s young enough to be convincing as a teenager and yet experienced enough as an actress to portray the more complex scenes. Rhian seems to enjoy the challenge of unconventional roles that she has told GMANews of her intentions to add more indie projects for 2017.

Archie Adamos & Shamaine Buencamino are Rhian Ramos’ (Sally) abusive parents. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Archie Adamos & Shamaine Buencamino are Rhian Ramos’ (Sally) abusive parents. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

VAW

Her adoptive parents played by Shamaine Buencamino and Archie Adamos abuse Sally both verbally and physically. We’re all familiar with Shamaine Buencamino who has done it all from lead roles to villains from TV to theater. It is Archie Adamos who seems almost unrecognizable as an upper-class terror of a father. He cleans up very well and was very convincing. He’s played a lot of bad guy parts but never in a role as big as this and gave a great account of himself. The conflict for Sally is something not expected in an animated piece. But delivering the message of how and why violence against women (VAW) is wrong is relevant more than ever.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) was a victim of abuse in the story. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) was a victim of abuse in the story. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

ENZO MARCOS

Producers may have felt that with the casting of Rhian Ramos, she’s enough of a box office draw (which turned out to be correct). They could take a risk with newcomer Enzo Marcos. The experiment has proven to be successful. Viewers understand how Enzo’s character Marty is so in love with Sally and how he is so insecure and fearful of declaring his love for her. They both have an obsession for anime, comics, alternative film,music and the like.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Marty is the more skilled comic book artist and is looking to make it a career even before graduating art school. Sally is better at conceptualizing and making gadgets that make her life easier like improvised telescopic goggles, robot arms that iron clothes and scare off bullies.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) and Zach Sycip (Bully); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Rhian Ramos (Sally) and Zach Sycip (Bully); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo very easily portrays Marty because they both have a creative mind. Enzo is a filmmaker who has produced music videos for Pinoy super bands KJWAN and GREYHOUNDZ, apart from being a musician himself. He has also directed TV commercials for international brands. So the need to express himself through his art, through images is something that he can fully relate to.

Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo has also produced an interesting web series on YouTube featuring artists, performers and thinkers called MANILA REGARDLESS. Casting Enzo as Marty is very natural since he lives in that world of artists in different media. Both Marty and Sally use their love for comics, cartoons and fantasy as a way to escape their problems.

Manila Regardless

Carme Sanchez (Marty’s Mom) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Carme Sanchez (Marty’s Mom) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Carme Sanchez & Bodjie Pascua

Carme Sanchez is the loving mother to Marty. She can’t help but be excited about the prospect of Marty having Sally as his first girlfriend. Bodjie Pascua on the other hand is the senior geek of the family. His field of expertise is slot car racing (it’s the matchbox sized cars that go around in plastic tracks). If the movie is to be believed there is a community of racers right here in the Philippines. Dad may not be an expert in love but just like his famous TV character Kuya Bodjie, he has a lot of wisdom to impart to our unlikely hero Marty.

from left: Bodjie Pascua (Dad) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

from left: Bodjie Pascua (Dad) and Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty)& Rhian Ramos (Sally) interact with animated backgrounds. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

The A-Team

Visually there’s a lot going on in each scene. There are weird monsters walking by. These are bullies, villains that oppress ordinary folk like Marty. In his mind they’re monsters. Then there are the colorful animated backgrounds from skies, carnivals to the dark castle of a house Sally lives in. Responsible for the look are Lead Visual Artists Jether Amar and Jethro Razo. Credited as Supporting Art Ninjas: Peyer Raphael Mutuc, April Fonda and Joshua Tata Selo Panelo. I’m sure there are other artists that participated. These are only the tip of the iceberg that deserves praise and congratulations.

from left: TJ Trinindad (Nick), Rhian Ramos (Sally) & Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

from left: TJ Trinindad (Nick), Rhian Ramos (Sally) & Enzo Marcos (Marty). Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

Then there’s the production side that fill the gap between animation and live action. They are crucial in making the illusion that real people can interact with animation. These are: cinematographers Rommel Sales, Odyssey Flores, Production Designers Rocketsheep Studio, Rommel Laquian and Erik Manalo and Sound master Joshua Cantillon. Director Avid learned the hard way that hard drives could crash and destroy one’s hard work (Part of the reason the project took more than 10 years). Enter I.T. Warrior Hermie Cabrito to ensure, this no longer happens.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

All of these talented, hard working people have come together to drive home the idea in SAVING SALLY. And that is if you love someone you should never pass up the opportunity of showing it. As difficult it is to see, the rewards always outweigh the risk. You never know what may happen to prevent you from being with that person. From that enduring Alfred Lord Tennyson quote: “’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”

Enzo Marcos (Marty) & Rhian Ramos (Sally); Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

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2D and 3D animation are combined with live action in SAVING SALLY. Catch MMFF 2016 entry SAVING SALLY in Resort’s World Manila Cinemas, Eastwood City Mall Cinemas and Shang Cineplex.

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Edna & Nonoy Inspire BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO

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foreground: Garry Corpuz & Denise Parungao; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and Photographed

By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Ballet Philippines latest production AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO promises to be a fun, entertaining romp back to the 1970s when the airwaves were dominated by VST & Company. The band’s music have been so well loved that they have become true iconic OPM hits. At the heart of the musical is a love story based on premiere Ballet figures Edna and Nonoy Froilan.

Edna & Nonoy Froilan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Edna & Nonoy Froilan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will be staged at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) on Dec. 2 – 8 pm; Dec. 3 – 6 pm; Dec. 4 – 2 pm and 6 pm; Dec. 9 – 8 pm; Dec. 10 – 2 pm and 6 pm; Dec. 11 – 2 pm and 6 pm.

from left: Markki Stroem, Cooky Chua & Sandino Martin; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Markki Stroem, Cooky Chua & Sandino Martin; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

OPM icon Cooky Chua, award-winning actors Sandino Martin and Jef Flores, and The Voice Kids Season 3 alum Noel Comia Jr. in AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO, a new dance musical set to the hits of Manila Sound legend VST & Company.

Vic Sotto in ENTENG KABISOTE 10 & THE ABANGERS. Before movie stardom he was a hit maker / songwriter for VST & Co. whose songs became a soundtrack for a generation. Photo from: Jowapao FB fan page https://www.facebook.com/jowapaoofficialpage/?ref=page_internal

Vic Sotto in ENTENG KABISOTE 10 & THE ABANGERS. Before movie stardom he was a hit maker / songwriter for VST & Co. whose songs became a soundtrack for a generation. Photo from: Jowapao FB fan page
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They will be alternating with the ABS-CBN Kapamilya multi-talented artists, namely Karylle, Michael Pangilinan, Markki Stroem, and Kyle Echarri. The vocal ensemble will be comprised of members of the classical singing group, Viva Voce.

Karylle will alternate roles with Cooky Chua in BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO. Karylle also played Sita in BP’s RAMAHARI (2012). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Karylle will alternate roles with Cooky Chua in BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO. Karylle also played Sita in BP’s RAMAHARI (2012). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Bibeth Orteza was tapped as the librettist for her intimate knowledge of VST’s music. The long time scriptwriter and actress was there to actually there witness Vic Sotto, Joey De Leon, Tito Sotto during the recording of hits like: IPAGPATAWAD MO, ROCK BABY ROCK, MAGSAYAWAN etc. But according to her the true inspiration for the story is Nonoy Froilan who she idolized since she was young.

from left: Jean Marc Cordero, Bibeth Orteza and Ednah Ledesma. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jean Marc Cordero, Bibeth Orteza and Ednah Ledesma. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Orteza said, “I really wrote the material in my head based on Nonoy. We hailed from the same barrio Calbiga, Samar. So I came across this material. Nonoy was always a figure in my childhood. We all talked about him way back. I wanted to do something about him. I was there in the studio when these songs were recorded. This is a personal thing for me. We had a relative there in a play with his wife and then material is very familiar with me. I was around the making of the songs, it’s a full circle.”

Edna & Nonoy Froilan in RAMAHARI; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Edna & Nonoy Froilan in RAMAHARI; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Froilan was already one of the most celebrated figures in dance by the 70s. He was known as the Philippines’ premier danseur for three decades. He essayed all the leading roles in classical and contemporary ballet partnering world-renowned prima ballerinas such as Margot Fonteyn and Yoko Morishita. He has performed in countless major works by foreign and local choreographers.

Nonoy Froilan performed as Lead to the biggest stars like Lisa Macuja & Yoko Morishita. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Nonoy Froilan performed as Lead to the biggest stars like Lisa Macuja & Yoko Morishita. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Monica Gana & Erl Sorilla in MAGSAYAWAN. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Monica Gana & Erl Sorilla in MAGSAYAWAN. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonoy is in the role of Victor while his real life wife Edna Vida Froilan is cast opposite him as Teresa. This marks a comeback for Edna who also has a storied past as a premiere ballerina. BP Artistic Director Paul Morales is exhilarated with the prospect of seeing his favorite and most admired dancer on stage again.

from left: Choreographer Edna Vida Froilan, Nonoy Froilan (Scrooge) and BP Pres. Margie Moran in BP’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2013). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Choreographer Edna Vida Froilan, Nonoy Froilan (Scrooge) and BP Pres. Margie Moran in BP’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2013). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Since retiring back in 1989, AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO is Edna’s first major performance as a dancer as she plays the role of the elderly Teresa. Best remembered as the Firebird, Carmen, and Myrtha in GISELLE, she has essayed leading roles in numerous full-length classical ballets with American Ballet Theater stars such as Natalia Makarova and Patrick Bissell. A prolific choreographer, she has created many of the company’s signature works, such as MUTYA NG PASIG, ENSALADA, VISION OF FIRE and PETER PAN.

Edna & Nonoy Froilan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Edna & Nonoy Froilan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Ballroom dance champion Ednah Ledesma and former BP prince Butch Esperanza will alternately play the same roles at certain performances. Their younger counterparts will be essayed by current Ballet Philippines dancers Rita Angela Winder, Denise Parungao, Jean Marc Cordero, and Garry Corpuz.

from left: Jef Flores, Rita Angela Winder, Victor Maguad & Erl Sorilla. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jef Flores, Rita Angela Winder, Victor Maguad & Erl Sorilla. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Seated from left: Librettist Bibeth Orteza, BP Pres. Margie Moran & Edna Vida Froilan, Standing from left: BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, Butch Esperanza, Kooky Chua and Choreographer Carissa Adea. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Seated from left: Librettist Bibeth Orteza, BP Pres. Margie Moran & Edna Vida Froilan, Standing from left: BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, Butch Esperanza, Kooky Chua and Choreographer Carissa Adea. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Dekada 70 is still Relevant

A lot of things have changed since the first quarter storm of the 1970s and yet some of the events of the time have also proved to be eerily similar to the problems of today. Orteza goes on, “Merong metrocom, may natatakot, may napatay, may saranggola na lipad to signify hope. It speaks of the time. As a matter of fact we were managing a band there in Holiday Inn when sumabog sa Plaza (Miranda) Nonoy Zuñiga lost his leg. That’s how he lost his leg kasi ni-recall ko lang mga bagay bagay sa aking kabataan. That all went to the loves story. I’m really really happy Nonoy and Edna are doing this talagang sila ang na isip ko. I’m really proud to put them in the cast because wherever I’d go, whether I’m in an airport in Isabela lagi silang magkasama. It was really them.”

From left: Vic Sotto & Joey De Leon in ENTENG KABISOTE 10 & THE ABANGERS. Before they were movie stars they were hit makers / songwriters for VST & Co. whose songs became a soundtrack for a generation. Photo from: Jowapao FB fan page https://www.facebook.com/jowapaoofficialpage/?ref=page_internal

From left: Vic Sotto & Joey De Leon in ENTENG KABISOTE 10 & THE ABANGERS. Before they were movie stars they were hit makers / songwriters for VST & Co. whose songs became a soundtrack for a generation. Photo from: Jowapao FB fan page
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The story is not an exact replica of Edna & Nonoy’s real life love story but is more based on them as people. Orteza then used her own experiences from the era to write the libretto, “When I was talking to Vic Sotto sabi sakin ni Vic there is no way you can present it as a contemporary piece kasi ang music, mood really speaks of a particular period. I decided to come up with a love story shared flashbacks but set in Martial Law Manila. As a young actress who was part of rallying outside the CCP, ngayon I’m telling a story set in Martial Law Manila ang daming layers.”

Edna & Nonoy Froilan in RAMAHARI; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Edna & Nonoy Froilan in RAMAHARI; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

The VST & Co. is considered one of the pioneering groups from the music genre known as the Manila Sound in the mid 70s. The group is composed of Vic Sotto, Spanky Rigor, Tito Sotto, Val Sotto, Celso Llavina, Monet Gaskell, Male Rigor, Roger Rigor, Jun Medina, Joey de Leon, Homer Flores, Chito Ilagan, Ben Escasa, Fred Concepcion, Boy Alcaide, and Clod Baria. Their impressive collection of hits has left a legacy that endures to this day.

top: Vic Sotto with Maine Mendoza, bottom: Alden Richards in ENTENG KABISOTE 10 & THE ABANGERS. Before movie stardom Bossing was a hit maker / songwriter for VST & Co. whose songs became a soundtrack for a generation. Photo from: EK10 Youtube trailer https://youtu.be/Pcs7YyMj8xU

top: Vic Sotto with Maine Mendoza, bottom: Alden Richards in ENTENG KABISOTE 10 & THE ABANGERS. Before movie stardom Bossing was a hit maker / songwriter for VST & Co. whose songs became a soundtrack for a generation. Photo from: EK10 Youtube trailer https://youtu.be/Pcs7YyMj8xU

Nonoy Froilan as dirty politician Santiago Sr in Tanghalang Pilipino’s WALANG KUKURAP (2012). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonoy Froilan as dirty politician Santiago Sr in Tanghalang Pilipino’s WALANG KUKURAP (2012). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast

Both Edna & Nonoy have been cast as actors. She appeared as Lady Macbeth in Tanghalang Pilipino’s Macbeth and in Gilda Cordero’s LUNA: AN ASWANG ROMANCE. In 2015, she returned to the stage, starring alongside her husband Nonoy Froilan in Juan Miguel Severo’s HINTAYAN NG LANGIT, which debuted in Virgin Labfest 11 and did a re-run the following year as part of VLF 12’S REVISITED.

In 2013, Nonoy returned to Ballet Philippines’ stage as Ebenezer Scrooge in Edna Vida Froilan’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and appeared as the Duke of Courland in the GISELLE Gala in 2014. He is currently playing the role of Lolo Apo on the ABS-CBN television series, BE MY LADY.

Nonoy Froilan worked with Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Nonoy Froilan worked with Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo from Nonoy Froilan: A Journey in Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fgFlx1wv1w

Cooky Chua dances with Jean Marc Cordero; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Cooky Chua dances with Jean Marc Cordero; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Ednah Ledesma

Ednah Ledesma’s training as a dancer began when she was a child of eight. Her mother first enrolled her in ballet classes, which she continued up to the age of sixteen, along with jazz, Hawaiian, and hip-hop genres as well. She also participated in musical plays and got into stage dancing for a year, until she got married. She entered the world of ballroom dancing in 1997, and started joining competitions soon after. She and her partner John Derick Co started out in Asian competitions, like the IDSF International Open Latin in Japan in 2003, where they ranked 28th. They further proved themselves at the Blackpool Dance Festival in England, where they ranked second in the competition’s Senior Latin division in 2003 & 2004, and went on to win first prize in 2005. Ednah has served as a judge in SHALL WE DANCE, a Filipino reality dance competition program on TV5.

from left: Librettist Bibeth Orteza, Ednah Ledesma & Butch Esperanza. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Librettist Bibeth Orteza, Ednah Ledesma & Butch Esperanza. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Butch Esperanza

Butch Esperanza began his dance career with the University of the East Dance Troupe under the tutelage of Gener Caringal. He became a member of the CCP Dance Company (now Ballet Philippines) in 1978, where he performed solo and principal roles such as Ravana (RAMA HARI), Sultan (ANG SULTAN), Mercutio (ROMEO AND JULIET), Rothbart (SWAN LAKE), Prince Charming (CINDERELLA), and Andres Bonifacio (BAYANI), to name a few. He later joined Singapore Dance Theater as a principal dancer in 1988 and Philippine Ballet Theater in 1995. His most recent roles include the king in BP’s 2002 & 2014 production of CINDERELLA, Step Sister in PBT’s 2010 production of the same ballet, as Ebenezer Scrooge in Edna Vida Froilan’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL in 2013.

Conductor Gerard Salonga and the ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Conductor Gerard Salonga and the ABS CBN Philharmonic Orchestra; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO is co-presented by ABS-CBN and is a collaboration with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Salonga. The show features a libretto by Bibeth Orteza, choreography by Carissa Adea, James Laforteza & PJ Rebullida, musical direction by Jed Balsamo, sound design by Jethro Joaquin, set design by Ohm David, costume design by James Reyes, lighting design by John Batalla.

Ballet Philippines has another hit in their hands. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Philippines has another hit in their hands. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will be staged at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo) on Dec. 2 – 8 pm; Dec. 3 – 6 pm; Dec. 4 – 2 pm and 6 pm; Dec. 9 – 8 pm; Dec. 10 – 2 pm and 6 pm; Dec. 11 – 2 pm and 6 pm.

from left: Kyle Echarri & Michael Pangilinan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kyle Echarri & Michael Pangilinan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Ticket prices range from Php 500 to Php 3500, with discounts for students, senior citizens, and government employees.

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from left: Jef Flores & Jean Marc Cordero; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

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Markki Stroem; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Markki Stroem; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Denise Parungao, Garry Corpuz & Michael Pangilinan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Denise Parungao, Garry Corpuz & Michael Pangilinan; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Musical Director Jed Balsamo; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Sandino Martin, Markki Stroem, Jef Flores and Denise Parungao. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sandino Martin, Markki Stroem, Jef Flores and Denise Parungao. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Librettist Bibeth Orteza and Columnist Danny Vibas; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Librettist Bibeth Orteza and Columnist Danny Vibas; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nonoy Froilan as Scrooge in BP’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2013). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonoy Froilan as Scrooge in BP’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2013). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

Denise Parungao & Garry Corpuz; BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

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foreground: Jef Flores shows his moves with Denise Parungao while Sandino Martin sings (background). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Jef Flores shows his moves with Denise Parungao while Sandino Martin sings (background). BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Denise Parungao, Rita Angela Winder, Jean Marc Cordero, Seated from left: Cooky Chua, Librettist Bibeth Orteza , BP Pres. Margie Moran & Ednah Ledesma. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Denise Parungao, Rita Angela Winder, Jean Marc Cordero, Seated from left: Cooky Chua, Librettist Bibeth Orteza , BP Pres. Margie Moran & Ednah Ledesma. BP’s AWITIN MO AT ISASAYAW KO will run from Dec 2-11, 2016 at the CCP Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo). Photo by Jude Bautista

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